Hi All -
I'm ~5 or so years out of college. I did not do a formal 2 years of investment banking and was instead hired out of undergrad as an analyst at a fund. I've worked at several firms in several major US cities. I've worked at one smaller regional firm with $500M - $1B AUM and have since worked for larger firms with $3B+ and $5B+ AUM, both of which are well known and respected in the investment community.
In terms of deal experience I've worked on 10-20 deals so far in my career that have ranged from $10M Series A investments to $20M-$50M minority growth equity investments in unprofitable and profitable businesses to majority recaps/LBOs of businesses with $5M - $ .
My career path was not normal and in 99% of instances is likely not replicable. I got help from connections, caught some lucky breaks and am not too interested in answering how to jump straight to the buyside or from VC to PE. I 100% advise you do banking or possibly consulting and then recruit for whatever interests you most afterwards.
Happy to answer questions on the following topics:
Venture Capital vs. Growth Equity vs.
Differences in investing style and junior job role
What you will learn at each type of firm / most important hard skill experience
Recruiting from lesser known firms to better firms
Anything else that you might find personally helpful
Thanks for all the help over the years WSO. Hoping I can be helpful back now. I may not actually get to answering questions for 24 - 48 hours but promise replies to everyone.